Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Oil and Gas Properties

Oil and Gas Properties
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2017
Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Industries Disclosures [Abstract]  
Oil and Gas Properties

Note 3 – Oil and Gas Properties


Upon organization of Foothills Petroleum Inc. (“FPI”), on December 24, 2015, Wilshire Energy Partners, LLC, contributed its 100% membership interest in Foothills Exploration, LLC, a Wyoming limited liability company, to FPI in exchange for 4,500,000 shares of FPI’s common stock. At the time of contribution, Wilshire Energy Partners, LLC, had acquired and owned the rights to 38,120 acres of oil and gas leases in the State of Wyoming. On completion of the Share Exchange, effective May 27, 2016, Wilshire Energy Partners, LLC, exchanged its FPI shares for 4,500,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. As a result, the Company owns 100% of FPI and Foothills Exploration, LLC, is now a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of the Company that retains title to these oil and gas leases. This transaction is treated as the founding transaction by the Company. The asset was valued at $72,430 at the time of transfer based on costs associated with the payment of lease bonuses, fees and taxes paid during the formation of the asset.


On December 24, 2015, Foothills entered into a convertible promissory note in the amount of $600,000 with Alternus. The two-year note matures on December 23, 2017, and accrues interest at 8% per year. By its terms the note was automatically required to convert the outstanding principal and interest due under the terms of the note upon a merger or other combination occurring between Foothills and an entity with shares listed for trading (“Pubco”). The conversion price in the note was established at $0.665 per share, (the “Conversion Price”). On April 5, 2016, and under substantially similar terms described herein, Foothills received an additional $400,000 from Alternus. Under the agreements between Alternus and Foothills, Alternus had the right but not the obligation to subscribe for an aggregate of up to $3,500,000 of convertible notes which, in the event of that full subscription would convert into not less than 30% of the outstanding shares of Pubco. At May 27, 2016, the date of the Share Exchange, Alternus had invested $1,000,000 and, based on the Conversion Price, 1,503,759 shares of Common Stock of Pubco (Key Link) were issued in full satisfaction of its two notes.


Alternus transferred to Berwin Trading Limited its right to purchase the remaining $2,500,000 in equity in the Company at substantially the same terms as the conversion of the convertible note purchase agreement. Berwin agreed to purchase $2,000,000 or 3,007,519 common shares and completed the documents related to the purchase of equity on June 30, 2016, and funded its investment on July 6, 2016. The additional investment option has expired.


On March 29, 2016, Foothills acquired a 35% working interest in the Ladysmith Anticline prospect that is located in Fremont County, Wyoming. Total acreage position is 3,061 acres located between the Great Divide/Greater Green River Basin and the Wind River Basin, in return for covering certain costs of operation in the amount of $20,000, and to a share of the working interest in the leases. The primary target zones are the variable Phosphoria and Tensleep sandstone with secondary considerations in the Madison limestone and Flathead sandstone. The prospect generation was based on licensed 2-D seismic comprised of two seismic lines covering the Chevron/Echo – Greater Green River Basin. The asset is valued at $20,000 based on the agreement and consideration paid by the Company. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, the Company capitalized an additional $3,750 and $15,919 in costs related to this asset.


On December 12, 2016, the Company entered into a participation agreement with Magna Operating, LLC, a privately held Houston-based independent exploration and production company (“Magna Operating”), in relation to the Labokay prospect, covering approximately 240 acres in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. As consideration for an assignment of interest in and to the leases and the prospect, Foothills Petroleum Operating, Inc., a Nevada corporation and indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company (“FPOI”), tendered to Magna Operating the purchase price in the amount of $144,000. This amount covered FPOI’s share of the land, lease, and administrative costs that Magna Operating incurred in generating and assembling the Labokay prospect as of November 15, 2016. As further consideration for an assignment of working interest in and to the leases, FPOI agreed to participate in the cost, risk, and expense of drilling the Labokay test well.


During the period ended September 30, 2017, the Company drilled a test well on Labokay to the total measured depth of 8,795 feet, where hydrocarbons shows were present, but not in commercial quantities to warrant completion. The well was plugged and abandoned. The Company recognized impairment of oil and gas property in amount of $45,419 and $1,328,637, respectively, during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017.


On December 30, 2016, the Company acquired various oil and gas assets in Utah from Total Belief Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of New Times Energy Corporation Limited. These assets included certain oil and gas wells throughout the Uinta Basin in Utah on acreage with over 30 proven undeveloped drilling locations, additional non-operating interest in other leases, and access to approximately 6,000 acres in the Uinta Basin with proven and probable reserves and existing infrastructure in place. This purchase provides us with an entry point into the Uinta Basin and a basis from which to seek other bolt-on acquisition opportunities in the Rockies. The transaction delivers a licensed and bonded operator in Utah having bonds in place with the BLM, State of Utah and BIA. Through the acquisition, Foothills also obtained six shut-in wells in the Natural Buttes Field, Utah. All six (6) wells are currently shut-in and not producing. The Company is working to bring all of these wells back into production during Q4.


The transaction provides Foothills with the rights to an agreement to acquire up to 6,000+ acres and up to 16 shut-in oil and gas wells with proved and proved undeveloped reserves on Tribal lands in the Uinta Basin. These properties provide in-field drilling potential, the ability to bring online shut-in wells and behind pipe development. Five shut-in wells located on fee lands in the Altamont-Bluebell Field that are undergoing title curative also have the potential to achieve near term production with stimulation and the addition of surface equipment. Furthermore, this acquisition delivers to the Company an additional 40% working interest in the Ladysmith Prospect covering 3,060 acres in the Greater Green River Basin, Wyoming, bringing the Company’s total working interest in the prospect from 35% (pre-acquisition) up to 75%. Lastly through this transaction, the Company also acquired 13,166,667 shares of common stock, constituting 55.63% of the outstanding shares of Grey Hawk Exploration, Inc. (“Grey Hawk”), a British Columbia, Canada company. Grey Hawk owns a non-operated working interest in two non-producing wells in the southern portion of the Greater Natural Buttes Field in Utah.


On December 30, 2016, concurrent with the TBL transaction, the Company also acquired the remaining 25% membership interests in TEPI from Green Stone Capital Partners Limited, a Cayman Islands limited liability company, in exchange for assumption of Greenstone’s proportionate share of TEPI obligations and liabilities.


On December 30, 2016, in connection with the TBL acquisition (see Note 1), Foothills entered into a promissory note in the amount of $6,000,000 with Total Belief Limited. This note matures on June 30, 2018, and recites that no interest accrues during its term. Foothills recorded $342,804 imputed interest as debt discount. This amount of $342,804 was determined using the imputed interest method based on the following assumptions: (i) adjusted interest rate 4% (ii) expected life of 1.5 years. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, we amortized $57,134 and $171,402 debt discount into interest expense.


On May 10, 2017, the Company entered into a purchase and sale agreement (PSA), with an undisclosed seller, to acquire 67,330 gross acres (49,600 net acres) held by production in Utah and Colorado. This acquisition was anticipated to close by or before June 30, 2017, such closing being subject to traditional representations, warranties, covenants and adjustments including, but not limited to lien releases, cures of any defective title matters, satisfaction of leases and amendments thereto. In August 2017, the parties by mutual agreement terminated the PSA.


During the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, we capitalized an additional $1,814,435 and $97,920 of oil and gas properties, respectively.